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BEST matte lipstick!
Product: Too Faced matte liquid lipstick. It has a lightweight, long-wearing formula that glides on like lipgloss but dries to a matte finish. It comes with an angled applicator that allows for precise application. The formula is also infused with avocado oil and vitamin E to keep lips hydrated. My thoughts: I bought the shades Sell Out and Drop Dead Red and I am completely obsessed with both! They are so pigmented and look so good on! I don’t usually wear matte lipsticks but I heard great things about this lipstick so I decided to give it a try. The first thing I noticed was how smoothly and evenly the lipstick applied. I was also pleasantly surprised when I noticed that the formula was extremely hydrating...even when the lipstick dried and became matte, it still kept my lips hydrated and not cracked like other matte lipsticks. It took about a minute for it to dry completely and there was little to no transfer. It lasted on my lips for the entire day and I only felt the need to reapply once throughout the day. Overall, I would recommend this lipstick to anyone who’s looking for the perfect hydrating matte lipstick.
Too Faced-Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick
100% PURE rose water facial spray!
Rosense - Rosewater Hydrating Face Mist Product: This facial spray is 100% pure rose water that’s distilled from pure rose petals. Free from alcohol, additives, chemicals, and parabens. It also has no added fragrance. My thoughts: This is my top 2 favorite facial mists EVER! Let me start off by saying that I love the fact that this spray comes in a glass bottle because I don’t have to worry about plastic chemicals infusing into my products. I also love the fact that it’s 100% pure rose water...nothing else is added. This is perfect for anyone who has dry and sensitive skin like me. It has the most divine and refreshing scent of rose that calms you as soon as you smell it. I use it daily as my toner, facial mist, and setting spray. It has drastically revived my skin and helps control redness that I sometimes get. Overall, I highly recommend this spray for all skin types and for both men and women. -this spray can be used as: face mist, skin toner, hair conditioner, and aftershave.
Rosense-Rosewater Hydrating Face Mist
One of a kind CLOUD cream
Product: Lightweight, synthetic-free moisturizing cream. Formulated for all skin types Key ingredients: Rose water- naturally high in anti-oxidants and excellent for reducing appearance of redness Aloe water- aloe is naturally rich is salicylic acid which helps clarify skin. White tea extract- rich in antioxidants which helps boost radiance in skin. Kukui oil- rich is linoleic acid which aids in smoother and more hydrated skin. My thoughts: I absolutely LOVE this cream! I stopped using creams over a year ago (replaced by oils) because all my moisturizers would clog my pores and cause breakouts. I heard about this cloud cream about 6 months ago and it has been a staple in my skincare routine ever since! I absolutely love how lightweight and natural this cream is and how quickly it absorbs into my skin. This cream has a water base formula, which is perfect for not clogging pores. It has a mild yet refreshing scent of rose and coconut and leaves your skin perfectly hydrated and glowing (perfect base for makeup). It’s formulated for all skin types (I have extremely sensitive and dry skin). It pairs perfectly with the HERBIVORE - Phoenix Facial Oil to give you the most hydrated, healthy, glowing skin. If not this oil, I recommend using another ‘clean’ oil to top off this cloud cream.
HERBIVORE-PINK CLOUD Rosewater Moisture Creme
For all my lavender fanatics with dry hands!
Kiehl's - Richly Hydrating Scented Hand Cream Lavender Product: This is a hydrating hand cream that’s infused with Shea Butter and Vitamin E to really hydrate the skin. It has a rich, velvety formula that absorbs quickly into the skin. It has a wonderful scent of lavender (but it is quite strong so if you don’t like strongly scented products, stay away from this). This hand cream retails for $16 My thoughts: My hands always get really dry, especially during winter time and this hand cream has really helped hydrate my skin. I love the scent of lavender that lingers on my hands after I put on the cream. I also love how fast absorbing it is, it doesn’t leave your hands feeling oily. Overall I would recommend this to anyone with dry hands, but if you don’t like strong scents then stay away.
Kiehl's-Richly Hydrating Scented Hand Cream Lavender
I FINALLY found the perfect sunscreen!
Product: This is a hypoallergenic, inorganic mineral sunscreen with 11.50% Zinc Oxide (very important ingredient in sunscreen) that provides protection from UVA+UVB rays. It contains SPF 50+, is waterproof, and reef-safe. This product is free of parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, synthetic fragrance (less than 1%), triclocarban, and triclosan. Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily My thoughts: I have been searching high and low for the perfect sunscreen for my sensitive skin and I finally found it! This sunscreen is thorough but weightless and doesn’t leave a white cast like most other sunscreens. It also doesn’t clog my pores and break me out like most other sunscreens. I love that the formula is reef-safe and works for all skin types, even babies! It has a mild citrus smell that is quite refreshing, not strong at all. It’s also perfect to wear under makeup because it’s weightless and gives a hydrated matte finish. I highly recommend it!
Dr. Jart+-Every Sun Day Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50+
Award winning face mist!
Product: Rose hibiscus hydrating face mist won a 2020 Glamour Readers’ Choice Beauty Award for Best Face Mist! It contains 100% natural hydrating and soothing vegan hyaluronic acid, organic rise hydrosol, coconut water, and hibiscus extract. It is suitable for ALL skin types. It has a mild scent of rose and coconut. Could be used over bare skin or over makeup for a more dewy look. Target Concerns: -dullness -dryness My Thoughts: This is by far my FAVORITE face mist and it’s no wonder that it won the 2020 award for best face mist. It’s a super fine spray that contains the secret to hydrated skin! I have been using this for almost 2 years and I haven’t found any other face mist that has been able to replace it. As soon as the mist touches your skin, you feel the instant hydration and soothing feeling. I use it after cleansing my face and before starting my skincare routine. I also mist it over my makeup for the perfect dewy look! The smell is divine because it’s not too strong and it’s an extremely gentle formula, so don’t worry about irritation! I highly recommend this to everyone!
HERBIVORE-Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Mist
My Favourite AHA Serum is $29
$29.50 USD to be exact- even less if you catch it during one of the many 15-20% off sales Paula’s Choice does frequently. I’ve tried everything from SUNDAY RILEY - Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment to FARMACY - Honeymoon Glow Serum and DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum but this gentle yet effective gel-lotion wins the coveted AHA slot in my PM routine. I have combination skin and a love of scientifically-satisfactory skincare thanks to having “sensitive skin”- quotations because fragrance and essential oils are bad for all skin in the long run. PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Lotion is a light lotion that soaks in quickly with an almost gel-like consistency, packaged in a convenient and hygienic pump. I refrigerate it (it’s like 90°F outside) and it still hasn’t clogged so I love the container! The formula is, full stop, amazing. 8% glycolic acid is suspended in a variety of non-irritating humectants and emollients, offering hydration as well as sealing that hydration in, nourishing skin even as it unglued the dead skin cells to allow them to be sloughed off the next time you cleanse. Allantoin, vitamin e, bisabolol, and a licorice root derivative soothe skin, combatting redness and sensitivity- a wonderful bonus considering it’s an exfoliant! This never sensitizes my delicate skin, even when I forget my schedule and use it a couple days in a row. I always wake up to such a glow and smooth, supple texture. So soft. I’m a huge fan and recommend it for any skin type considering its light yet hydrating texture 🙌🏽
SUNDAY RILEY-Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment
The BEST k-beauty skincare product!!!
Amorepacific Vintage Single Extract Essence ($145/4.05oz) What it is: An anti-aging essence with only six ingredients to improve skin’s firmness, clarity, and texture with the antioxidant power of fermented green tea. Skincare Concerns: Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Dryness, and Dullness and Uneven Texture. Formulation: Lightweight Liquid. My Experience: To be honest, I have been wanting to try this beauty since I discovered k-beauty. But I just could not justify spending over $100 for an essence, so I was incredible grateful when they gifted me this bottle back in April. This baby is priceeeey ($145) but since the green tea leaves are handpicked and fermented for 50 days, then aged naturally for another 50 days, and extracted for 24 hrs in a slow extraction process to create the perfect product; I totally get the price. Green tea leaf extract helps visibly improve skin’s clarity, texture, and elasticity with anti-pollution properties. And it does exactly that! I love how insanely hydrating and plumping my skin feels. I also think it makes other products to sink better. I apply two (or more) layers of this gem because my dehydrated skin loves all the hydrating layers. It is watery and I can detect an earthy smell. With only 6 ingredients, this essence is everything I have ever wanted in an essence and even more. And I am obsessed with it!! Especially since it does not contain fragrance and I truly think my oily skin is more balanced since I started using this gem. It has helped with my oil production, reduced redness and evened out my skin tone. It is powerful! I know it is an essence but this beauty works overnight. Since my skin type is oily, I can use it everyday without any issues but if you have dry skin I think this can be too much for everyday usage, I would recommend using it 3x a week instead. Is it worth it ? If you have oily skin, hyperpigmentation, uneven tone, redness, and it is within your budget, I say it is absolutely worth it! It is an investment for sure but this miracle product truly works overnight. Are there other alternatives? Maybe. The Fresh Kombucha Essence is the closest I have found but my only concern with that one is that it contains fragrance, which I prefer a skincare product not to have. Cherie Rating: 5/5 AMOREPACIFIC - Vintage Single Extract Essence
AMOREPACIFIC-Vintage Single Extract Essence
A J-Beauty treasure
About the product: The HADALABO - Gokujyun Premium Lotion contains five types of hyaluronic acid plus urea to lock in moisture and keep skin hydrated longer. It also has a skin pH-balanced formulation contains no fragrances, mineral oils, alcohols and artificial/added coloring. The bottle is a hard plastic. How to use: After cleansing, rub lotion between palms then pat into your face. It can be used morning and night. Best for dry, dehydrated skin. I first tried this product during the week I went to visit be family during the holidays. I went into my sister’s bathroom every day for my trip’s duration to use it. i definitely noticed a difference in my skin. When I got home and knew I had to get it. I have waxed on about my oily skin in plenty of videos and since my skin overproduces oily because it is dehydrated this helps. My skin drinks it up. It doesn’t pill when I do the rest of my skin care so that is a major plus. There are similar other products from this brand that target different concerns. Recommend? Yes!!!! Specs: 5 oz./170 mL for $14.40 on Amazon. Note: Since this product is a J-Beauty brand, the instructions on the bottle are in Japanese.
HADALABO-Gokujyun Premium Lotion
✨Introducing the fabulous and highly anticipated: GLOW COLLECTION by Pixi Beauty! ✨ Everyone knows Glow Tonic is Iconic (see I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it!😜) So how about an entire Glow Tonic collection babyyyy?!!😲🙌🏻 ✨ Pixi have developed the perfect collection to exfoliate, hydrate and nourish the skin, and all inspired by the multi-award winning Glow Tonic! Babes - if it’s good enough for Queen CH, it’s good enough for me! 😑👏🏻 ✨ So what’s included? 1️⃣ Cleanse ~ Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel: Contains aloe vera to sooth, glycolic acid to exfoliate, and moisclean™️ to moisturise. This is a gentle cleanser perfect for morning or evening use! ⠀⠀. 2️⃣ Tone ~ Glow Tonic: Contains 5% glycolic acid to exfoliate, ginseng to energise and aloe vera to soothe. Use a little on a cotton round and sweep across the face and neck for super gentle but effective exfoliation. 3️⃣ Treat ~ Glow Tonic Serum: Contains glycolic acid to exfoliate, aloe vera to sooth and ginseng to energise. This gorgeous serum is perfect for day or night, feels lovely and sinks in perfectly! 4️⃣ Hydrate ~ pHenomenal Gel: Contains horse chestnut to hydrate and smooth, aloe vera to sooth and citric acid to balance and brighten. I’ve been using this in the daytime for the perfect light hydration and make up base! 5️⃣ Moisturise ~ On-the-Glow: Contains vitamin D2 to protect and brighten, ginseng to energise, and glycolic acid to exfoliate. This travel-friendly multi-use solid stick is perfect to keep your face, lips, body and even hair hydrated, without stickiness or residue!
pixi-Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel
AHA vs. BHA
sometimes the ingredients in products can get confusing, here is the purpose each or these ingredients has. AHA: name is alpha hydroxy acid - water acids - better for dry/ sun damaged skin - helps simulate collagen production - moisturizing *most common aha’s are glycolic and lactic acid* BHA: name is beta hydroxy acid - oil acids - good for oily skin - helps acne - solution for whiteheads and blackheads - includes antibacterial & antiflammatory properties *most common bha is salicylic acid*
top 5 face masks for acne
acne is a struggle many people have, but with these masks, you can hopefully find clear skin. 1. aztec secret indian healing clay this mask is well know for clearing acne and acne scars. you mix the powder in a bowl with some water of apple cider vinegar, and apply to the face. after using for a few weeks, you will find yourself to have a pimple free face ($8) AZTEC SECRET - Indian Healing Clay 2. glam glow charcoal instant treatment mask for this mask, it specializes in helping with extra oils that might later become acne. i have found it to help cancel out acne scars and current acne. this is the key to clear skin ($59) GLAMGLOW - SUPERMUD Charcoal Instant Treatment Mask 3. fresh umbrian clay purifying mask this mask cleanses extremely well, leaving your skin clean and soft. it helps fight my acne and leaves me with clear skin within weeks. ($23-58) fresh - Umbrian Clay Pore Purifying Face Mask 4. feeling beautiful clearing sweet tea + lemon mask i have used this mask many times on my skin and i love it. it is not too harsh, and it peels off easily. it doesn’t hurt me at all, and gets all the bad stuff out of my pores. plus, it is very low priced. ($4.29) FREEMAN - Sweet Tea & Lemon Peel Away Clay Mask 5. formula 10.0.6 pores be pure clarifying mask this was one of the first masks i ever used. it did a great job of clearing my skin without stripping the natural oils too much. would recommend to anyone looking for a cheap and successful acne mask. ($6.99) FORMULA 10.0.6 - Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mask
AZTEC SECRET-Indian Healing Clay